We are at it again horror fans. YOU chose your favorite horror villain (that honor went to Freddy Krueger), you picked your favorite final girl (that honor went to Heather Langenkamp, you guys LOVE your Nightmare on Elm Street!), and know YOU decide who should be crowed Best Horror Movie Director. We have 8 selections to chose from in 4 different matchups to start. You can vote once per day. Round 1 will end on February 28th when 4 horror directors will be cut from the list. Vote and encourage all of your horror friends to vote as well!
Rob Zombie has always been one of my favorite “new” filmmakers (especially considering that he has only made four films). “The Devil’s Rejects” and his “Halloween” remakes rank as a few of the horror high points of the last decade. Still, I’ve never been able to warm up to the grisly “House of 1000 Corpses.” Possibly I need to give it a new watch from a fresh perspective. Today, our twitter reviewer Tim Schilling is taking another look at the film that started Zombie’s filmmaking career.
Thoughts before the film:
This will be my second viewing of #HouseOf1000Corpses. I haven’t seen it in a few years, but I think it’ll hold up.
Thoughts while watching: 0:01 It just tastes so damn good! Bawkabawkabaaaawk! 0:06 I actually really like the song House of 1000 Corpses. I had it on repeat after I first saw the movie. 0:09 Sid Haig is really freaking scary in this movie. Even though he was ‘just kidding.’ 0:15 Where can I take this tour!?i If only it was real. 0:25 Zombie’s movies are shot different than a lot of movies. But also shot great. I wanna know where he got that from. 0:40 3/4 of Zombie’s movies take place on Halloween. 0:44 These cutaway scenes they’re doing when they show the other characters in that grainy like film is great. 0:51 Those people were like waiting under the blankets for that girl… are they gonna eat her!? 0:52 Geez he just answered the question wrong, you don’t gotta chop his head off for it! 0:58 No one in this family brushes their teeth. Grossssss. 1:00 The scene when they’re killing the cops. Pretty freaking great. 1:03 That is one creepy sex shop. 1:03 Bill Moseley is kinda similar to his character in TCM2 but not as crazy. He was just nuts in that one. 1:06 The music when they’re walking to see dr. Satan is so creepy and good! 1:10 This movie in general reminds me of TCM a lot actually.
I think #HouseOf1000Corpses is a modern horror classic. It pays homage to tons of older movies while still being very different. It was also shot GREAT, and had good music. I still wish Zombie would do more features more often.
I’ve often felt that Rob Zombie’s remake of “Halloween” is the cream of the crop when it comes to horror remakes. He was both faithful to the original while giving the material his own innovative twist. Today we have our Twitter reviewer Tim Schilling with his take on the misunderstood remake. Will he be a fan of this remake or feel as though this is one film that should have been left alone?
Thoughts before the film:
Giving this movie a second chance. The first time I saw it I hardly payed attention. #Halloween
Thoughts while watching:
0:02 Wait that’s a lie. I saw this again recently. The beginning makes me so sad. 0:05 This is the last movie I would think the kid from Spy Kids would be in. 0:07 One thing I LOVE about Zombie’s version is that he shows Michael as a kid, and why he turns into a killer. 0:12 For only making like 4 movies, Zombie sure is pretty stylish. 0:19 Good, kinda glad you’re dead Robbie. 0:27 Hi, I’m Michael Myers! 0:29 I totally forgot the uncle from Spy Kids was in this movie! 0:30 Black is a color. Shut up dr. Loomis. 0:42 Dr. Loomis is a drama queen. 0:49 Not sure how I feel about Michael killing the Spy Kids guy, if he didn’t it would show he still had a nice side. 0:49 But since he did it shows he’s a crazy lunatic who kills people who even helped him. 0:53 Obligatory black guy death. 1:07 Sid Haig runs a graveyard in this too? What if this is in the same world as NOTLD 3D? HAH. 1:08 I wanna party in a haunted house. 1:17 Zombie’s Halloween mask > Carpenter’s Halloween mask. 1:27 Danielle Harris is pretty damn hot. 1:46 Gah I hate the eye gouge thing. It’s painful to even watch.
Complain all you want about remakes, but Zombie makes a great looking movie no matter what. Besides the movie looking awesome, you can’t really compare it to the original. The movies are completely different and each does their own thing that makes BOTH of the #Halloween movies good. I think Zombie’s will be remembered as much as the original eventually.
On May 18, 1978, Texas Sheriff John Quincey Wydell (William Forsythe), and a large posse of State Troopers issue an S and D mission on the Firefly family for over seventy-five homicides and disappearances over the past several years. They begin a full-scale attack when the Firefly family fires on them. During the firefight, the family kills four troopers and Tiny (Matthew McGrory) goes missing, Rufus (Tyler Mane) is killed, and Mother Firefly (Leslie Easterbrook, in a thankless role replacing the wonderful Karen Black) is taken into custody while Otis (Bill Moseley) and Baby (Sheri Moon Zombie, once again the star of the show) escape. Once out of their property, Baby pretends to be hurt in the middle of the road. When a nurse in travel stops to see what is the matter, Otis comes from behind and kills her with a knife. The two escape in her car and drive towards their specified meeting spot if all hell broke loose with the law at their home.
They head to Kahiki Palms motel, a run down desert beaten place to seek refuge from the law and huge media coverage. While at the motel Baby seduces Roy, part of the Banjo and Sullivan singing group. While he is off guard due to Baby’s sexual innuendos, Otis sneaks up behind him, holds him at gun-point and demands he take them back to his room where the rest of the band is resting minus their roadie, who is at the gas station getting beef jerky. Otis and Baby takes the band hostage in the hotel room and Otis shoots Jimmy the roadie when he returns.
Meanwhile, Baby’s father Captain Spaulding, after being alerted by Baby about the raid, hits the road to come to the hotel to meet Baby and Otis. His car runs out of gas and Spaulding assaults a woman and scares her son taking their car in the process. Back at the hotel, Otis sexually assaults Roy’s wife Gloria and Otis demands Adam and Roy to come with him on an errand.
Otis drives his two prisoners to a place where he buried some guns. While walking to the location, the two prisoners put up a struggle and hit Otis in the head with a large tree branch. This knocks him down, but Otis soon regains control of the situation, shooting one of them and killing Roy while he is on the ground praying to God. Back at the motel, Adam’s wife Wendy tries to escape by going to the bathroom. Gloria attempts to rebel only to be killed by Baby. Wendy runs out of the motel only to be caught by Captain Spaulding who knocks her out. Otis returns, and all three leave the motel together in the band’s van. All hell is literally about to break loose.
Going into the horror sequel “The Devil’s Rejects” I had no idea what to expect. Not really being a fan of Rob Zombie’s first film “House of a 1000 Corpses” I really wasn’t expecting much besides some cool deaths and a lot of gore. Well….I got that and a lot more. “The Devil’s Rejects” is repellent, evil, disgusting, disturbing, and, most shockingly, one of the best movies so far this year. Taking place mere days after the first flick, this movie has the Firefly family stalking another group of victims in a seedy hotel.
Things don’t go as planned however when one of their original victim’s brother decides to get revenge. Words alone cannot describe what all happens on screen. Let’s see: A knife to the heart, bullets grazing flesh, a face peeling, a gutted, fully naked young woman, a bashed in head, pieces of a young girl strung along a highway. This is S & M for horror fans. This isn’t for all tastes but if you miss the old school horror days of “Last House on the Left” and “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, you won’t be disappointed.